|1896 FA Cup Final|
|Event||1895–96 FA Cup|
|Date||18 April 1896|
|Venue||Crystal Palace, London|
Clubs competed for a new trophy, which remains the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, although it was retired from use in 1910.
Fred Spiksley became the star of the show in this Cup Final, scoring the two goals that gave the Wednesday a 2–1 win. Within the first minute, a run by Harry Davis, the outside-right, set up Spiksley to slot home the first. David Black soon equalised for Wolves with a cunning hook close to the post. Spiksley however smashed a shot against the upright which bounced into the goal and then out again. The referee gave a goal. The score stayed the same till the final whistle to give Wednesday their first FA Cup win.
The Wolves goalkeeper Tennant had been injured during the buildup to the winning goal and was dazed as the ball crashed off his bar, bounced down and back out and did not realise a goal had been given. At the end of the game, he walked up to Jack Earp, the Wednesday captain and asked, "When's the replay?", to which he received the reply "There is no replay old man! We won by two goals to one as you will see when we take the medals!". "But how? for only one shot passed me!". Replied a confused Tennant.
|The Wednesday||2–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Spiksley 1' 18'||Black 8'|
Wolverhampton Wanderers 
Round 1: Southampton St. Mary's 2–3 The Wednesday
Round 2: The Wednesday 2–1 Sunderland
Quarter-final: The Wednesday 4–0 Everton
Semi-final: The Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers
Round 1: Notts County 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool
Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke City
Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Derby County
The 1895/96 Football League season was the eighth in Football League history with Everton having been an ever present in the top division. The club played thirty-three games in England's two major competitions, winning eighteen, drawing seven and losing eight. The club finished the season in third place, six points adrift of Champions Aston Villa, and were defeated in the quarter final of the F A Cup by eventual winners The Wednesday. Their Goodison Park home hosted the drawn semi final between Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers.Billy Beats
William Edwin Beats (13 November 1871 – 6 April 1936) was an England international footballer. A centre-forward, he scored 150 goals in 403 league games in 16 years from 1891 to 1907.
He began his career with Burslem Port Vale in 1891, and played in the inaugural season of the Second Division. He was sold on to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £80 in June 1895, and went on to pick up an FA Cup runners-up medal after playing in the 1896 FA Cup Final. Whilst with the club he won two England caps. He moved on to Bristol Rovers in 1903, and helped the club to the Southern League title in 1904–05. He made a return to Port Vale in August 1906, before he joined Reading the following year.David Black (footballer, born 1868)
David Gibson Black (22 March 1868 – 1940) was a Scottish international footballer who scored in the 1896 FA Cup Final for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also played for both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.Jimmy Massey (footballer)
James Massey (26 January 1869 – 2 December 1960) was an English footballer who played as goalkeeper for Denaby United, Mexborough, Doncaster Rovers and The Wednesday at the turn of the 19th century.
Born in Monmore Green, Wolverhampton Massey moved to Yorkshire where he played for Denaby and then Mexborough before signing for Doncaster Rovers in 1890, who were then playing in the Midland Football Alliance League. Two days after winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup on 21 March 1891 against Sheffield United, Massey represented the Sheffield and Hallamshire F.A. in a match against the Berks and Bucks F.A., something he did on other occasions too.Massey moved to The Wednesday in 1893 where he played in the Football League until 1903. One of the highlights of his career was the victory in the 1896 FA Cup Final where Wednesday beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2−1 at Crystal Palace.In 1902 he returned to his original club Denaby United as an amateur whilst working at the local pit, he noted to the media at the time of joining Denaby that he had not played football for over two years. He continued playing for local clubs, including South Kirkby Colliery, until he lost an eye in a mining accident.His grandson Roy Massey played League football as a centre forward for several clubs in the 1960s.
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